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Fusing elements of funk and rock, funk rock has been popular due its melding of these respectively different genres. Since the 1960s, funk rock has evolved from a niche genre. Then itexploded in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming popular and emerging as a style that dominated the airwaves and album sales. With groovy bass lines, funky drum beats, and distorted guitars, funk rock is something that remains a great influence on rock music today and the best funk rock bands are looked upon fondly by history for their contributions to popular music.

So what are the best funk rock bands and musicians? Whenever you think about funk rock, the first names that come to mind are the likes of Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, Red Hot Chili Peppers (who actually had Parliament's George Clinton to produce one of their albums), Prince, and Faith No More. These bands are widely recognized as funk rock's best outfits and their position on this list reflects that.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best funk rock bands. These funk rock bands are considered top notch, but if you think someone is a glaring omission, feel free to add them.
This list answers the questions "who are the best funk-rock bands of all time?" and "Who is the greatest funk-rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music, instead of just voting for the most popular funk-rock bands that you might've heard of.
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297 96
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

2
180 47
Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

3
163 39
Parliament-Funkadelic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, P-Funk, Soul music

4
117 35
Sly & the Family Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

5
74 19
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
mwlittletreasures added Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music

6
66 18
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
mwlittletreasures added Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

7
80 29
George Clinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

8
76 45
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Jk01234 added Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

9
54 29
Rick James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
BrianHardy1 added New Wave, Disco, Pop music

10
58 34
War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

11
51 29
Morris Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Minneapolis sound

12
53 32
Ohio Players is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

13
37 18
New Power Generation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music

14
49 33
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

15
42 30
CHIC is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Disco, Rock music, Reggae

16
45 36
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

17
31 29
Mother's Finest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Funk metal, Heavy metal

18
25 24
Betty Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Soul music, Glam rock

19
20 23
Brick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
JackSferlazza added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Funk

20
5 4
The Bar Kays is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added

21
22 29
Slave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
JackSferlazza added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

22
19 26
Wild Cherry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Rock music

23
17 25
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

24
2 5
Vulfpeck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
cbaird19 added

25
1 4
Fugi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Funk Rock Bands of All Time
Μπάμπης Λέγκος added